Participant Travel Plans
BEFORE YOU BOOK!
Please confirm your planned travel itinerary with us before booking your flights.
Kyrgyzstan's international airport is Manas Airport in Bishkek (airport code FRU). Standard routes to/from Bishkek are via Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) on Aeroflot Russian Airlines or Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) on Turkish Airlines. Other transit locations include Dubai (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates, Urumqi (URC) in western China, or Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan. NOTE that we have heard bad reviews of the low-cost Turkish carrier, Pegasus Airlines!
You must arrive in Bishkek by early morning the day before your tour start date, and plan your departure for two days after your tour end date.* As an example, for the WK1 January 28-February 3 dates, you would need to arrive the morning of January 27 and depart the morning of February 5. As you'll find, most flights arrive and depart Bishkek in the predawn hours.
To make sure you're on the right track with your planning, please consult the "Tour dates" dropdown on our travel plans form.
*Arriving earlier and/or staying later than required is totally fine with us, and recommended if you'd like more time to explore Bishkek. NOTE, however, that airport transfers are only included if arriving/departing as outlined above. We are happy to put you in touch with the guesthouse we use in Bishkek to arrange early arrival/late departure transfers as well as lodging for additional nights.
Along the same lines, if you plan on staying longer in the Karakol area after leaving the yurts, the entire group must be on the same schedule. We cannot arrange Karakol-Bishkek transport according to individual schedules. If you plan on staying extra nights in Karakol as a group, we are happy to put you in touch with our partners to arrange lodging for additional nights.
If you opted for our transport and lodging package, our travel requirements are the same as with our Guided tours (see above). If you have chosen to arrange transport and lodging on your own, we simply require that your group arrives in Karakol the day before your reservation start date, and we will then drop you off wherever you have arranged your lodging in Karakol by nightfall on your reservation end date.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any travel related questions.
PLEASE NOTE! If you are traveling together as a group, we ask that you designate a single group member to submit your travel plans.